Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, northwest Nigeria, on Tuesday dismissed insinuations that he and his former boss, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso are in silent confrontation over continuation of projects and policies of the immediate past administration.
Our correspondent reports that Governor Ganduje served under ex-Governor Kwankwaso two-terms as Deputy Governor.
However, there have been stories and rumours in circulation that the two leaders are parting ways, with insinuations that the state government may not maintain the overseas scholarships given to several Kano students by the immediate past administration in the state.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Ganduje, Malam Baba Halilu Dantiye, Director-General on Media and Communications declared that the Ganduje’s administration remains a continuation of ex-Governor Kwankwaso’s administration, insisting that the current administration is determined to continue with the vision and mission of the Kwankwassiyya Movement.
A statement signed by Malam Dantiye and made available to our correspondent stated that, “there is a calculated attempt, which will certainly fail, by some unscrupulous elements to pitch the present administration against the immediate past administration of which (he) Governor Ganduje was part and parcel of as the former Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Local Governments.
“This government is a continuation of the Kwankwaso administration as Governor Ganduje was part of all the decisions that were taken, including the sponsorship of our students to foreign universities.”
Dismissing insinuations that the state government may not maintain the overseas scholarships given to several Kano students by the immediate past administration in the state, Dantiye said, “the governor spoke on this issue during the launching of the state Free Eye Care Programme at Sir Sunusi Hospital here in Kano
“His Excellency made it clear that the government is keen in ensuring that they complete their studies so that they fill the vacuum in certain critical areas of the economy, especially the health sector of the state.
“The state government will do its best to ensure that the students pursuing different undergraduate and post graduate courses in several countries continue their academic pursuit unhindered.”
According to him, “the Ganduje administration intends to place more emphasis on technical and vocational courses so as to build their capacities for self employment and economic progression.
“We understand that unemployment is a major problem in our society and one of the best ways to tackle it is to help build the skills of our youths so that they would not have to wait for non-existent white collar jobs.”
Malam Dantiye said the state government would also maintain the local scholarship scheme for its students, explaining that the aim is to make the state a knowledge driven society that would be a model in the country. In this regard the government will continue to support the Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil and complete the permanent site of the North West University.